From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Purview \Pur"view\, n. [OF. purveu, pourveu, F. pourvu,
   provided, p. p. of OF. porveoir, F. pourvoir. See Purvey,
   View, and cf. Proviso.]
      (a) (Law) The body of a statute, or that part which begins
          with " Be it enacted, " as distinguished from the
          preamble. --Cowell.
      (b) Hence: The limit or scope of a statute; the whole
          extent of its intention or provisions. --Marshall.
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                Profanations within the purview of several
                statutes.                         --Bacon.
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   2. Limit or sphere of authority; scope; extent.
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            In determining the extent of information required in
            the exercise of a particular authority, recourse
            must be had to the objects within the purview of
            that authority.                       --Madison.
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